Now we understand why the AARP made the statement last week that it has not endorsed the Obamacare plans. After months of working toward the passage of the bill (which it is still doing, but more “quietly”) The AARP,which is run by liberals who favor national health car has been backing away from support for Obamacare. By acting as an advocate of the President’s plan AARP has proven itself to be out of touch with its own members. Those seniors have figured out that their own health and lives are at stake in this debate over Obamacare. They know that when medical discretion clashes with limited government budgets, medicine loses, and that’s why at least 60,000 members have quit since the beginning of July :
The membership loss suggests dissatisfaction on the part of AARP members at a time when many senior citizens are concerned about proposed cuts to Medicare providers to help pay for making health care available for all. But spokesman Drew Nannis said it wasn’t unusual for the powerful, 40 million-strong senior citizens’ lobby to shed members in droves when it’s advocating on a controversial issue.
AARP is strongly backing a health care overhaul, running ads to support it and hosting President Obama at an online forum recently to promote his agenda to AARP members. However, the group has not endorsed a specific bill and says it won’t support a plan that reduces Medicare benefits.
“We take stands on issues that are contentious, it’s part of what we do,” Nannis said. “And because we have so many members we’ll always have a small percentage that disagree with us so strongly they feel they need to cancel membership.”
The approximately 60,000 number represents members who specifically cited AARP’s stance on the health overhaul debate in canceling their membership between July 1 and mid-August, Nannis said. He said that on average AARP loses some 300,000 members a month, but he couldn’t say how many more members had quit for other reasons in that time period.